They contain a compound that relaxes your digestive system.
It’s not the most glamorous of festive facts, but the Christmas season and bloating are known to go hand-in-hand.
Many people notice an exacerbation in digestive symptoms around the festive period, which is often linked to the rich foods, alcohol, late nights and general over-indulgence – which we can all relate to.
Bloating is a sign that your digestive system isn’t working properly, leading to excess gas production in the stomach, causing pain, discomfort and leaving us feeling unattractive.
But there are ways to beat bloating this Christmas and give your digestive system more some extra support, and one includes chewing on fennel seeds.
‘Fennel is particularly effective for bloating,’ reveals nutritional therapist, Hannah Braye from Lepicol, a supplement known to help bloating. Try soaking a teaspoon of fennel seeds in hot water and drink as a tea after eating, or chew on the fennel seeds themselves. You can also buy fennel drops from some herbalists.
Fennel seeds are the best for bloating, and can be soaked in hot water and drunk as tea
Fennel is a saviour for your digestive tract, as it contains a compound that relaxes passages in your gastrointestinal tract, allowing gas to pass and for bloating to subdue.
Fennel seeds are the best for bloating, reveals Hannah, and can be soaked in hot water and drunk as a tea, or simply chewed on. Fennel drops can also be bought from herbalists and health shops.
Another way to beat bloating is by increasing the levels of beneficial gut bacteria in your stomach, by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir and live plain yoghurt.
Stress is also a major cause of bloating, and with the kids off school, in-laws descending and a cost for 20 people to cook, Christmas can do horrors for your stress levels. Learning some stress reduction tactics, such as breathing exercises, will help. Even 10 minutes of meditation a day can ease stress symptoms, such as bloating.
Increasing fibre intake is also super beneficial for your gut, and taking a high-fibre supplement and eating more veg will ensure everything digestive runs smoothly.